In the bioenergy arena the capabilities and potenial of the cooperative are amplified. The nature of the products (renewable consumables) and a new, time-sensitive, environmental credits market create a new opportunity. It is an opportunity of tremendous scale, with a variety of niche applications, products, and services required to adequately support industry growth and transition to maturity.
This is the first in a three-part blog designed to explore opportunities for cooperatives to thrive in the newly emerging sustainable energy sector. In Part 1, I discuss the basic principles of cooperative formation and outline an initial niche-based value-opportunity for cooperative activities in the sustainable energy sector.